Google Reveals Light Fields, New Immersive VR Experience

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Google has announced a new virtual reality immersive experience that it's dubbing Light Fields. Based on a system that captures and renders realistic and high quality images ripped straight from the real world via (you guessed it!) light fields, it's an intriguing new initiative that will be shown off at this year's SIGGRAPH 2018.

While previously Google took the opportunity to release Welcome to Light Fields as a free app for Steam VR with support for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality Headsets, Google will be going further with the tech and showing off what it can do with a presentation that shows off just some of the places you can view while utilizing the new tech.

The free app, which is still available, lets you take a look at just some of the 3D images that can be taken as a result of the technology's advances. Images can be explored from within like you're actually standing right there within the photo, which is pretty crazy when you get right down to it. The difference in image quality with photos captured using the light fields is petty insane, and will improve the VR experience tenfold, just with better image quality.

If you're interested in seeing how it works beyond the typical photograph-based VR experience, grab the Welcome to Light Fields app ahead of SIGGRAPH 2018 and see what you've been missing. It truly does look pretty brilliant. As far as what the new immersive experience that's going to be shown off is, we're not sure yet, but it's probably going to be an awesome thing to witness.

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    July 27, 2018 3:35 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Google Reveals Light Fields, New Immersive VR Experience

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      July 27, 2018 3:42 PM

      HMMM! Anyone try this yet?

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        July 28, 2018 7:02 AM

        I played their VR demo when it was released several months ago. I thought it was a good demonstration. I can’t wait until lightfield photography is the new normal. Imagine actually doing the blade runner image enhancement in real life.

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      July 27, 2018 9:40 PM

      Welcome to Light Fields. This... Is Light Fields; Welcome. This is Light Fields! Welcome.... To Light Fields. You can do anything at Light Fields! Anything at all.

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      July 28, 2018 4:00 AM

      Weird that they just called it 'Light Fields'. That's kinda silly. I'll give it a go, though.